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Alliteration 01
'Look at the pretty pink petals' is an example of the use of alliteration.

Alliteration 01

This KS3 English quiz asks questions about alliteration. Alliteration is when two or more words start with the same letter or sound. An example would be "crawling caterpillars". Tongue twisters are often good examples of this way of writing - try saying "Fred's friends fried Fritos for Friday's food"! The technique can be used in writing and speech to interest your audience, or to bring some humour to your sentences.

Alliteration can also be used to create certain effects: sounds such as "c/k", "d" or "g" produce harsh effects, while everyone knows that sibilance, caused by repeated "s" or "z" sounds, creates a rather different, somewhat sinister, effect. You should be aware that alliteration can also occur at the beginnings of stressed syllables, too. So a phrase such as "nobody nodded unknowingly" alliterates on the "n" sound, including the -kn- of "unknowingly".

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The ....... ....... are in the middle aisle next to the vegetables.
boxed fish
frozen fish
large fish
pre-cooked fish
Two "f" sounds form the alliteration here: "frozen fish"
Are you hungry? Let's find a café for ....... ....... and .......
cakes, coffee, cola
cakes, coffee, tea
egg, chips, cola
fish, chips, coffee
The three "c" sounds of "cakes/coffee/cola" = alliteration
The art gallery displayed hundreds of ....... ....... and .......
books pots pans
pots pans cups
precious pictures paintings
prints cups pans
Three "p" sounds form the alliteration here
The sound of ....... ....... created a quiet, calm atmosphere.
intermittent shrieks
loud shouts
murmuring music
frenzied chattering
"Murmuring music" also alliterates on the internal m of "murmur"
Many ....... and ....... ....... on the river.
boats, barges, bobbed
boats, barges, sailed
boats, ducks, floated
ducks, barges, floated
Use alliteration in writing to make phrases memorable
A ....... ....... ....... took the friends to the party.
broken, down, lorry
lovely, long, limousine
rusty, old, car
red, old, car
The repeated "l" sound elongates the phrase to some extent, creating a lingering impression
Mrs. Purple drove a ....... ....... .......
red, Mercedes, quickly
violet, van, violently
white, bus, slowly
gruesome, dented, van
The overuse of alliteration can be jarring. Use the technique selectively
Peter piper picked a peck of ....... .......
new, potatoes
pickled, herring
pickled, pepper
rosy, apples
Alliteration makes words easy to remember!
"What a ....... ....... " is a famous song.
Wonderful Day
Wonderful Thing
Wonderful Time
Wonderful World
"Wonderful" and "world" both begin with "w", creating alliteration
He folded the invitations and put each one in an ....... .......
brown, envelope
empty, envelope
long, envelope
white, envelope
"E" sounds begin words and make the alliteration here. The alliteration of vowel sounds is also known as "assonance"


Author:  Sue Daish

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